VeganMoFo Day 27: 10-for-30 on Vegfest UK: Part One!

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Today was Day 1 of Vegfest UK London 2014 and we were overwhelmed, in a good way. Two floors of sheer veganism was enough to make our plant-based heads spin. There were vendors, comedians, awards and booze. There was food…oh, was there food! They also had authors, clothing, juicers and a trampoline. I can go on…

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Since Vegfest UK 2014 was so awesome, we decided to create two separate Top 10s (one today and one tomorrow). This list could have easily been a Top 30, but we decided to stick with our VeganMoFo 10-for-30 motif. 

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At the time of writing this list, I’m completely and utterly stuffed! If I eat one more thing, I may end up at the chemist shop (see, I’m picking up the local vernacular). Here’s the list!

The Top 10 Things About Vegfest UK 2014: Part One!

1. We Met Ms. Cupcake. An incredibly nice and engaging person, Ms. Cupcake makes amazing desserts and conversation. She also won this year’s Best Vegan Cakes, Sweets & Desserts. Not to brag, but she credits meeting us as giving her good luck to win this year’s award. Just saying. 

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2. We Watched a “Stars Quiz”. A panel of very funny and talented vegan/vegetarian UK celebrities, entertained us for an hour with quips, jokes and trivia.

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3. We Met An Anthropomorphic Carrot Author. Carrots can do anything. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise! 

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4. We Drank. Organic stout, barley coffee and solar-powered lemonade all under one roof! 

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5. We Ate. Vegan hot dogs, a monstrous cherry Danish, samples from many vendors, etc. 

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6. We Shopped. We bought everything and anything. Some people who we do a monthly swapbox with are going to very happy. 

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7. We Made New Friends. Hopefully they’ll come to New York soon. 

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8. We Bought Gifts For People. Shhhhh, it’s a surprise!

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9. We Met Patrik Baboumian. A vegan weightlifter who just happens to be one of the strongest men on the world. Obviously I’m stronger.

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10. We Had Fun. It was a great day…and check out Carm’s new jacket!

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So, stay tuned for tomorrow’s part two of the Top 10 Things at Vegfest UK London. We have a feeling it’s going to be even more grand tomorrow. Cheers!  

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VeganMoFo Day 26: 10-for-30 on Things We’ve Seen Or Done On Our First Day In London!

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Well, despite a short flight delay, our trip to London has gone off without a hitch! We breezed through customs, took a short tube ride to West Kensington and settled into our awesome Airbnb flat! Woo-hoo! 

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Our first VeganMoFo 10-for-30 from London is basically an overview of what we’ve seen or did on our first day. Tomorrow and Sunday we’ll be dedicating our Top 10s to the Vegfest UK.  

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Today’s Top 10 list is in no particular order of importance (nor are any of them for that manner), but we still expect to study and know them, as I’m scheduling a surprise quiz soon. 

Top 10 Things We’ve Seen Or Done On Our First Day In London!

1. Virgin Atlantic Served Us a Vegan Meal. Because we had read a few blogs that claimed Virgin Atlantic did not serve vegan meals, we were skeptical whether it was going to happen. Not only did they give us a completely vegan dinner and breakfast, they weren’t bad!

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2. Our Airbnb is Adorable! Besides being close to public transportation, the flat is really nice and even has a kitchen. 

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 3. One of London’s Better Vegan Spots is Nearby. Veggie Vegan  is a hop, skip and jump from us. At some point we’re going to grab a bite there. 

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4. We’re Staying In a Cool Neighborhood. West Kensington is a diverse enclave of Victorian terraced houses, and working class flats. There are old pubs, pound shops and lots of smoke shops. It reminds me a little of Astoria, Queens in the early 70s. 

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5. Seeing Familiar and Unfamiliar Products. Coca-Cola Life claims to be made from “natural ingredients.” Hmmm. 

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 6. We Went Food Shopping. Because our flat has a kitchen, we decided to pick up a few things at a place called Waitrose. 

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7. Piccadilly Circus. London’s answer to Times Square is one of the most photographed spots in the world. So, when in London…

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8. Meetup at Tidbits. Our first international Meetup was at a popular vegetarian restaurant called Tidbits. London Vegan Meetup hosts vegan events at Tidbits now and again, as well as other spots. 

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9. The Underground. Quieter and more organized than we’re used to, London Underground is a nice change from New York’s MTA.

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10. Foxes. Yes, we spotted two foxes carefully walking across a London street. The picture below is as grainy as any Bigfoot sighting, only it’s authentic! Zoom in and you’ll see one of them. 

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With VegFest UK kicking off tomorrow, this trip will only get better. If you’re from London or plan to go, feel free to comment in the box below. We love when you give us feedback! 

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VeganMoFo Day 25: 10-for-30 on Things To Look Forward To When We Visit London, England!

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The Food Duo are headed to London! Since this will be our first trip to the UK as vegans, we decided to dedicate the remaining VeganMoFo 10-for-30 lists to our much anticipated trip. This will be the first time I’ve been to London Town in over a decade and it will be Mac’s first ever (save for a 45 minute layover). 

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Since we always practice what we preach, it’s best we heed our own travel tips when we head across the pond! We’ve got our snacks, water bottles and all the other crapola we’ll need for a smooth trip. 

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Today’s 10-for-30 Top 10 is a pre-trip, soon-to-be-fulfilled wish list. As you read it, make sure to pour a pint of bitter and insert a proper British accent in your head. 

The Top 10 Things To Look Forward To When We Visit London, England! 

1. VEGFEST UKVEGFEST UK is one of the biggest and best Veggie festivals in the world. We’ve heard nothing but glowing things about this fest. 

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2. Checking Out Its Amazing Museums. Because of time constraints, our museum menu will be limited. We’re most likely only going to visit the Tate Modern, the British Museum and perhaps a few independent galleries. 

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3, Killer Record Stores. London is a paradise for vinyl and CD hunters alike. We plan to head to Brixton for amazing Ital food and to sniff out some rare ska and reggae records. 

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4. Ms. Cupcake. We’ve tweeted Melissa, the vivacious owner of Ms. Cupcake,  and are looking forward to meeting her person and to trying those cupcakes that people rave about. We have a Trans-Atlantic present for her! 

5. Pubs. Great ales. Great history. What more can you ask for? 

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6. Hyde Park. One of London’s biggest and most luscious parks offers scenic views and live events. There’s also the infamous Speakers’ Corner, where anyone can get on their soapbox and air their beliefs. 

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7. Meetup. We’re stoked to be going to our first international Meetup at Tidbits!

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8. We’re Staying At a Cute Airbnb! Our apartment is a short walk to Olympia London (the venue that’s hosting the VegFest UK) and to the Tube and buses!

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9. Meeting Up With Friends. Victoria Moran is one of several people we’ll be meeting up with. 

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10. An Excursion to Brighton.  We plan on taking a train to visit seaside Brighton. Home to picturesque resorts and two vegan stopovers, Vegetarian Shoes and

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We vow to take a gazillion pictures and post them on social media. Although we’re meeting a few friends out there, we wish you could join us, as we simply love group trips. As a matter of fact, if you have any ideas for a group trip or if you plan to be visiting New York City, please post your idea or travel plans in the comment box below. We would love to meet all of you face to face! 

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VeganMofo Day 24: 10-for-30 on Reasons to Purchase Sherry Colb’s Mind If I Order the Cheeseburger?

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This year’s VeganMoFo 10-for-30 continues to be an fun and educational ride. We love creating Top 10 lists for our followers who in turn appreciate our efforts. Whether we’re recommending restaurants, recipes, travel tips or books, we’re on the case!  And speaking of books, once again we’ve discovered another amazing title from the brilliant first-time author and Professor of Law at Cornell University, Sherry F. Colb

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We were lucky enough to meet and listen to Sherry speak at this year’s Farm Sanctuary New York Hoe Down. She’s as engaging a speaker as she is an author. Her book is a refreshingly honest and well thought out work, that gently erodes the barrier that hinders an understanding between the vegan and non-vegan community. 

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So, your assignment is to read today’s 10-for-30 Top 10 and to purchase Sherry Colb’s Mind If I Order The Cheeseburger?: And Other Questions People Ask Vegans. You won’t regret it! 

On with the Top 10…

The Top 10 Reasons To Purchase Sherry Colb’s Mind If I Order The Cheeseburger? And Other Questions People Ask Vegans!

1. It’s a Well Researched, Though-provoking Read. Sherry uses logic and insight instead of emotion and anger to lay out a cogent argument for veganism. 

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2. It’s a Great Book to Give As a Gift To a Newly Minted Vegan or Non-vegan. This book will validate a new vegan’s life-changing choice and will enlighten non-vegans. Heck, it may even convert a few of them as well! 

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3. Sherry Uses Humor To Make Valid Points. Albeit you wouldn’t find this title in the humor section of your local bookstore, her book sneaks in some humorous observations from time to time. 

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4. It’s Balanced. It makes you look at both sides of the veganism argument. Sherry makes a point that many non-vegans are simply curious about our choices and their questions contain no malice.  

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5. It’s Non-threatening. Non-vegans will take to Sherry’s non-abrasive approach to having a robust discussion about choosing a plant-based diet and living as cruelty-free as possible.  

6. It Tackles Tough Questions. Like any cause worth fighting for, veganism will come under fire from both cynics and well-intentioned, but uninformed naysayers. Sherry confidently dissects the thorniest of questions with surgeon-like precision.

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7. Sherry’s Book Offers Clear Counterarguments. When vegans are asked difficult questions, we sometimes have difficulty articulating our answers. Mind If I Order The Cheeseburger?, dislodges rebuttals that may be stuck just below our cranium. 

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8. You’re Helping Our Community. By supporting vegan authors, stores, products, expos, etc, veganism will continue to spread!

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9. The Book is Reasonable Priced.  This book is less expensive than going to the movies. Besides, what’s playing these days?  Meh!

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10. Our Cats Recommend It. Two Avid readers, Mozzie and Connie are opinionated, tough critics who know a good book when they read one. Trust them, they’re never wrong.

If there’s been some particularly difficult questions that have been posed to you, we would love for you to list them them below. Arming yourself with clear and compelling explanations to the myriad of questions that you’ll most likely be asked at some point, is a useful way to make inroads for the case for veganism and to dispel the banal vegan stereotypes that still remain. 

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VeganMoFo Day 23:10-for-30 on Vegan Travel Prep!

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Fortunately, being a vegan traveler is not as challenging as in days past. That’s not to say that we still don’t have our share of roadblocks, because we do. But due to the rise of veganism and the fact that more and more businesses are serving our needs, we can travel with more confidence that a decent vegan meal will be within our grasp regardless of our destination. 

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Today’s installment of our 10-for-30 Top 10 list offers some pointers that we and other vegan travelers whose opinions we trust, have found to be useful. Some of the tips on our list aren’t vegan-exclusive, but are no less important.Just remember to keep your wits about and have fun regardless if your trip is for business, pleasure or both. Oh, and don’t forget to bring a converter and adapter if you’re traveling overseas! 

The Top 10 Ways To Prep For Travel as a Vegan!

1. Pack Snacks. This is essential,  especially if you’re going to be in an area with a dearth of vegan options or if you’re camping. 

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2. Research Vegan Options For Your Destination. Sites like Happy Cow are a font of information on where you can get your vegan on. There’s also a growing amount of vegan B&Bs, that either offer food and or feature kitchens so you can cook your own grub.

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3. Meetup. Whether the are you choose to visit has vegan or vegan-friendly places to dine, an out-of-town Meetup can be a fun way to meet new folks and find local dining gems. 

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4. Cruelty-free Travel Accessories. In addition to making sure that your passport wallets are animal-friendly, consider using small, reusable travel bottles for your soaps, lotions etc, (many trial-sized products are made from companies that test on animals). 

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5. Call Your Bank/Credit Card Company! This goes for all travelers. Make sure to let them know the exact dates that you’ll be traveling to avoid having your cards frozen!

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6. Exchange Money at the Banks (For Foreign Travel). It’s probably a good idea to exchange a few bucks (in small bills) domestically so that you have some pocket money when you arrive in another country. There, you can can exchange larger amounts of money at local banks which will give you a better rate than money exchange companies. 

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7. Ask for a Vegan Meal on Airlines That Offer Them. Believe it or not, some airlines still offer in-flight meals. Some supposedly offer vegan options (although we’re unsure of this because we’ve seen some complaints on vegan blogs) which could be handy if legit. If you’re unsure whether your  meal will actually be vegan or if you simply find airline food unpalatable, eat something before you board. 

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 8. Utilize Your Phone. Your can be your best friend while traveling. This holds true if you’re flung into a situation with a language barrier, as your trusty mobile can let another person know what vegan substitutions or products you desire. Make sure to make any international adjustments when you arrive. 

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9. Bring Spices. In the event that you have no choice but to eat bland or boiled veggies, bringing a few packets of your favorite herbs to spice things up. You can also put protein or energy powders in glass bottles (to make smoothies or other drinks) like Kristin Lajeunesse advises on her amazing blog, WTFVeganfood! 

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 10. Bring a Water Bottle. Packing a water bottle will save you the hassle of looking for a beverage and will save you moolah to boot! It’s probably a good idea to pack a travel heating coil (to boil tap water) in case the local water is questionable. 

 

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 We hope you found our vegan travel tip list handy and useful. Traveling is just about our favorite thing in life, and as vegans we enjoy meeting fellow vegans in far-off places or even just a few counties away. Just remember to ise common sense, have a sense of humor and pack snacks!

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